River of No Return

River of No Return

DVD - 2002
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During the California goldrush, a swindled and tricked Matt sets out down river with his son and a saloon singer to seek revenge.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2002
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Rive


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Nov 26, 2018

Complete disappointment despite big stars Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun. Stereotyped characters, plot, action. No chemistry. Not believable. And VERY NOT P.C. with sexist, racist, and sexually predatory actions.

Aug 16, 2018

Incongruous but fun. Chased off by Indians, down the treacherous rapids, attacked again by Indians on the riverbank, then back to square one again. Go figure. And just what did women use to bleach their hair back in the day? Was Marilyn really singing, or was it dubbed? Do we even want to know?

Apr 26, 2018

Average movie nothing great!

Dec 24, 2017

Marilyn Monroe was 28 years old, a beauty, a siren of the screen, and she could definitely act with the best of them with singing talent too boot. Robert Mitchum was his usually tough guy persona even when sleeping. I didn't like the scene where it looked he was getting ready to rape Monroe. Tommy Retting from Lassie fame was actually 13 years old playing a 9-year-old. But he never got to be taller than 5'4". I thought this was a tame movie for Otto Preminger to be associated with. The color is very so-so. But the background is spectacular. The story line was conveniently Hollywoodesque. The singer of the title song did a very good job.

Aug 28, 2017

it says something that lassieboy stole the picture. maybe two rebels together a romance they do not make. the realest scene was when the mounted Indians were silhouetted in the mountains, above our heroes.

Aug 28, 2017

VERY GOOD 1954 Otto Preminger directed film with Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum.
I was quite engaged while viewing and enjoyed the plot, the acting, especially the western outdoor cinematography (much shot in Canada) with fab mountains, rivers, etc., excellent western town settings including saloons, tent cities, and more, and also the many outfits the cast members wore as plot progressed.

Mar 21, 2017

Set in the year 1875 - River Of No Return (filmed in 1954) was something of a "Father & Son" tale where Robert Mitchum feigns toughness, Marilyn Monroe lip-syncs her songs, and Tommy Rettig (as Mitchum's on-screen boy) actually steals the show in this film's climatic finale.

*Note of Interest* - All of the exterior scenes for River Of No Return were shot in the magnificent Canadian Rockies, which included Banff National Park, as well.

Anyways - Considering all of the high-potential that clearly prevailed in River Of No Return, if you ask me, this picture certainly could have (and should have) been a helluva lot better than it was. When it comes right down to it - I put a lot of the blame for this film's disappointment factor squarely on the shoulders of its director, Otto Preminger.

Jan 06, 2016

I wouldn't go so far as to call it a turkey, but it is a little underwhelming considering the talent involved. It's a routine, somewhat plodding western enlivened by two icons: Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. The formidable Austrian director Otto Preminger is behind the camera and although he directed his share of classics ("Laura," "Anatomy of a Murder"), he doesn't really have a handle on the western. Some nice Canadian landscapes and certainly worthwhile for Mitchum and Monroe. Preminger also directed Mitchum in "Angel Face."

kevfarley Mar 04, 2015

This is is awful !

...when I got this NYPL disc home and put this movie in the DVD player...and the screen says: "NOT FORMATTED FOR THIS REGION" !!?? ( Even though it states "Region #1", ie. 'North America', on the DVD jacket !!?)

I have watched a thousand other New York Public Library DVDs on my Panasonic Region 1 DVD Player,.. but this one makes it 32 TIMES that a film has have come up as "NOT FORMATTED..." etc. !

I waited a VERY long time to get this highly recommended film.
Having this happen is so VERY DISAPPOINTING !! I really wanted to see this movie. And I know that ALL the NYPL copies of it will have this same problem !!

WHY is the New York Public Library buying DVD's that are "NOT FORMATTED.." to be viewed in this region ?
Has this ever happened to anyone else out there ??

Feb 20, 2015

If you seriously think that teaming up 2 of Hollywood's biggest, most bankable and hottest stars of the 1950s together in the same picture would totally ignite sparks of pure ecstasy flying this way, and that, then think again.

Unfortunately for us all - In "River Of No Return", any on-screen chemistry that was generated between Mitchum & Monroe amounted to being nothing more than a complete fizzle, and that was about all.

I'd say that a lot of this picture's glaring faults rested squarely on the shoulders of its demanding director, Otto Preminger, who obviously understood nothing about the advantage and benefit of filming its dynamically attractive stars in close-ups. In my opinion, close-ups are a vitally important part of producing a real quality picture.

Another serious problem that plagued this film's story was that way-way too many of its scenes set in the beautiful outdoors were actually shot in front of back-projection screens. This, to me, was a sure-fire way of thoroughly sabotaging an adventure film that featured such grand and majestic scenery as this one did.

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